UDC & MPD Police Officer Training Cohort

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Community College, to provide an opportunity for qualified men and women to obtain their associate degree and become a police officer with the DC Police.

Through this program, individuals may complete the police hiring process, without meeting the educational requirement, to determine eligibility as a police officer. MPD requires 60 college credits to be considered for employment as a police officer. If selected, individuals would then join the UDC / MPD Police Officer Training Cohort, but would not be employed by MPD until their successful completion of the requisite 60 college credits. This special cohort will start on a periodic basis (first class starting in September of 2019). Individuals will attend classes on nights and weekends through UDC Community College for an approximate 18-month period.

In coordination with UDC Community College, participants in this cohort will take two eight-week classes simultaneously throughout the year. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6pm – 10pm and Saturdays from 9:30am – 12:20pm. This includes a "Special Topics" course taught jointly by MPD and UDC, discussing current challenges in law enforcement.

Upon successful completion of their 60 college credits, each participant completes an updated police background check and is then hired as full-time police officer recruit. Once hired, each participant will receive a salary of $60,199. New recruits will enroll in the Metropolitan Police Academy to complete the remainder of their training. UDC Community College has worked with MPD to offer an additional five (5) credits for participants in this program to obtain their Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Law Enforcement after successful completion of the Police Training Academy. Thus, participants in this program will both graduate from the Police Training Academy and would also earn their associate degree.

UDC Community College provides affordable education and MPD is working with our governmental partners to make scholarship and affordable loan opportunities available. UDC Community College has a variety of tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities available. Apply, attend an interest session and learn more.

The UDC / MPD Police Offcer Training Cohort allows participants to secure meaningful employment as a DC police officer while obtaining their associate degree. Participants have the opportunity to obtain practical application of classroom topics through the strong partnership between UDC Community College and MPD. The cohort model allows for a dynamic and supportive learning environment. Apply today by completing your interest card; Click "Apply Today" above.

Sample Course Schedule

Selection Process


Complete an interest card.


Attend a web Q&A informational session.


You will attend an in-person MPD Prospect Day during which you will take part in the following events:

  • Body Fat Screening
  • Physical Ability Test
  • Document Screening
  • Fingerprinting and Photograph
  • All candidates who successfully complete the four components above will then complete their National Testing Network FrontLine National Written Exam at 1 pm.
    NOTE: Candidates who have previously taken the FrontLine National Written Exam, within one year, at any testing location are exempt from retaking the examination on MPD Prospect Day.


Complete the Personal History Statement through our online system “eSOPH” to begin the background investigation process (criminal checks, references, employment, social media checks, etc.).


Undergo a comprehensive background investigation.


Submit to a medical and psychological evaluation and undergo a comprehensive background investigation.


Receive MPD review and approval.


Begin academic classes as a part of the Police Officer Training Cohort at the University of the District of Columbia Community College.


Complete 60 credit hours, receive an updated police background investigation, and begin at the Metropolitan Police Department as a Recruit Officer earning a salary of $60,199.


Graduate the Metropolitan Police Academy, receive your Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Law Enforcement from the University of the District of Columbia Community College and become a police officer in our nation's capital.


Through this program, you will obtain your Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Law Enforcement degree and become a DC police officer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages for the UDC / MPD Police Officer Training Cohort (POTC) versus applying as a police officer directly?

The UDC / MPD Police Officer Training Cohort (POTC) is designed specifically for individuals who do not have their sixty (60) college credits required to join MPD, but are interested in earning their associate degree and becoming a police officer in our nation's capital.  By joining this program, you get to pursue your higher education in a small cohort of individuals, while getting strong practicum experience with the Metropolitan Police Department.  By applying, you complete the police officer application process up front to determine suitability for selection as a DC police officer, upon completion of your education.  

Do I have to be a DC resident to apply?

While DC residents receive a hiring preference, this program does not require you to be a DC resident.  UDC Community College tuition cost is based upon location of residence (DC, Metro Area or Out of State).  Scholarships are available and DC residents qualify for additional scholarships.  DC residents may qualify for full tuition scholarships, depending on availability.  Attend an orientation session to learn more. 

I already have some credits, will those be accepted?

During the orientation program, a recruiter will discuss in greater detail; however, UDC will accept qualifying transfer credits, which may waive the requirement to take certain courses.  While MPD requires sixty (60) credits for appointment as a police officer, to earn the associate degree, participant must complete the requisite coursework.  

When do I get hired by MPD?

Individuals participating in the UDC / MPD Police Officer Training Cohort (POTC) are hired at the time of completing sixty (60) college credits and meeting background suitability standards.  Once hired by MPD, you will earn a salary of $60,199 increasing to $65,863 after 18 month probationary period.  Once hired, members receive full benefits, including health, dental, vision and paid sick and annual leave.

How much does tuition cost at UDC Community College?

The cost for tuition is based upon the number of course credits enrolled.  For a full course registration, the cost below outlines the total tuition and fees.  It should be noted there are a variety of financial incentives that may be available to include scholarship opportunities to cover the cost of tuition.  Once hired by MPD, you will earn a salary of $58,163, increasing to $63,636 after 18 month probationary period.  There may be additional educational reimbursement options available once hired.  Attend an orientation to learn more about scholarship opportunities available. 

  DC Residents Metro-Area Residents Out of State Residents
1st Fall Term $1,762 $2,674 $4,222
1st Spring Term $1,762 $2,674 $4,222
Summer Term $1,762 $2,674 $4,222
2nd Fall Term $1,762 $2,674 $4,222
Total $7,048 $10,696 $16,888

How is this different than the Police Cadet Program?

The Police Officer Training Corhort (POTC) is designed for those individuals who may not have graduated from a DC high school or may be outside of the Police Cadet Program's age of eligibility (17-24 years of age).  Similar to the Police Cadet Program, participants in POTC will get their education as well as future employment with MPD.

What if I go to another school currently?

If selected for the Police Officer Training Cohort, the staff at UDC Community College would assist you with transferring your enrollment.  For MPD eligibility, you must have a minimum of sixty (60) credits, regardless of the institution the credits were obtained; however, to receive your associate degree, you must have relevant transfer credits and/or complete necessary coursework through this program.  During orientation, a recruiter can provide you further information.  

Upon completion of the Police Officer Training Cohort, can I apply with other law enforcement agencies?

The Police Officer Training Cohort (POTC) is designed for members to become a part of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington DC.  To obtain your associate degree through this program, you must successfully complete the Metropolitan Police Academy.  As the primere law enforcement agency in the country, acceptance into POTC and as a future member of the Department is an honor.  

What is the minimum GPA required for entrance?

While their is no minimum GPA required for application, generally, MPD seeks candidates with a 2.0 or higher.  Candidate GPA's are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Is there a requirement to maintain a certain GPA in training?

In order to maintain in good standing through the Police Officer Training Cohort (POTC), each participant must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA at UDC Community College.  There are a variety of support mechanisms in place to ensure students are successful and excel while at UDC.

What is MPD's role during the Police Officer Training Cohort?

As you are a future member of MPD, our Department has partnered with UDC to provide substantive experiences that compliment your classroom education.  You'll have the opportunity to meet many of our command staff members, participate in police ride alongs and become a member of the MPD team as you matriculate to the Metropolitan Police Academy. 

What are the age requirements to apply?

All applicants for the Police Officer Training Cohort (POTC) must be at least nineteen (19) years at the time of application to the POTC and may not have reached the mandatory retirement age of sixty-four (64) years of age. Applicants must be 21 years of age at time of hire as a police officer.  

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